------ Val & Linda LITTMAN
Val Littman and Linda Korolewski :
After establishing successful careers in America’s corporate life and Chicago Real Estate and over twenty five years of marriage, Val and Linda decided to exchange their multiple graduate degrees, their professional licenses and certifications, their successful careers, and their Chicago urban lifestyle for life in the South of France.
Formed by their past religious life, ministry, teaching, social work and psychology, they bring to their new life and to this book a perceptive, prayerful, carefully considered and often comical view of la vie en France.
Born in 1948, they are among the Baby Boomer generation that has often pushed the cultural envelope, crossing over to living their lives in new ways. Their early retirement at age 53 puts them at the edge of those many in that generation who will be living out their own dreams of a good life in “The Third Age”, and the growing trend of international living.
Their unique hospitality at Le petit jardin de l’âme is more than a B&B. It is a visit to the south of France that will soothe your soul, refresh your spirit, and let you dream again. Visit their web site at www.petitjardin.com. Better still; visit them in the south of France.
A Bright Sun & Long Shadows
This book is a picture of life in France unlike the many we read during our years of preparation before we made the decision to retire to the Midi. The book, as originally envisioned would have chronicled our adjustments to French life. It would have reflected its charming curiosities with a little irony, and a lot of “looking at the bright side of things”. It would have been like too many others. A BRIGHT SUN & LONG SHADOWS grew beyond the initial intent. It grew into a book that reflects how deeply the building of our new life has been affected by the dark side of French culture and the everyday ways of the people living around us.
As we tell our story, we hope, that indeed, you will see the charm of France, for France has much charm. She is the original femme fatale. In this book I hope to show what others often overlook. The Shadow Side of life in France is less talked about, generally not printed, and yet affects every moment of life in France.The book is currently available locally at The Book In Bar www.bookinbar.com 8, rue Bras de Fer, 34000 Montpellier. Or from the publisher direct www.trafford.com or even www.amazon.com.
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For the ﬁrst time, our printed version uses videos to bring life to our content and advertising. A new concept, Augmented Reality, brings the paper to life at the click of a button. All you need to do is download the free LAYAR application on your phone or tablet and off you go. Then just follow the instructions over the next pages.
The sun is out, bank holidays are in, we all want to go and explore, although this can sometimes be ruined by the dreaded mistral (p14). But let’s not spoil things. How about a visit to St Jean du Fos (p20) or if you’re feeling more urban, a nice shopping day in Avignon with a healthy tea break (p23) or a visit to an art gallery in Nîmes? (p17) If you’re feeling extra energetic like me, how about entering the Pont du Gard race on 30 June to raise money for a fantastic local charity? Also in this issue, the remarkable story of a simulated space mission by Claire (p18) and a very funny article by Bernice on her pathological inability (or so she says) to learn languages (p22).